Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
1,085
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
19%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
159
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 1,085
Photo of marvin213
2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It looks like a fizzy beer from Coors. It's more orange than brown or yellow. You can hear the fizz. A motionless, uniform fizz-lid tops this liquid. At the end of a longneck, it would look like a cap. For better or for worse, that's the most interesting think about the look.

I smell a hint of orange peel, but not much else. Whether it's the Belgian yeast, the carbonation level, or, more likely, a combination of both, you can actually smell the fizz of this beer. As I check the label and really dig for hibiscus, I get a bit of a floral aroma. With the ingredients thrown into this one, I'm disappointed with the nose.

It's bitter and borderline medicinal. This isn't what Cascade hops are supposed to do. It tastes more like an American Pale Ale, as the Belgian yeast influence is hardly noticeable. You're left with what's like a bitter astringent mixed with organic syrup. You know that with hops, herbs, and orange peel, there's bound to be potential, but this recipe leaves each ingredient without complement. They're there, but they don't mesh right.

Though carbonated, the taste is dull and flat. Unfortunately, it's one of those variety-pack beers that will prevent me from going variety pack. Short of awful, it's hardly worth trying.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sweet, right from the get-go. A bit roasty. Slight orange citrus and grains.

Appearance: Amber brown. Perfect clarity. Tall white head, leaved moderate lacing. Head dissipates quicker than average, but leaves a thin creamy layer.

Flavor: Sweet malts upfront, what, then slight bitterness from the small dose of hops. Some dark malts. The orange shows up in the aftertaste, although it's not easy to detect.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly oily, even through the aftertaste.

Overall: Nice and mild, slightly roasty. Very easy drinking, and pleasant.

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Photo of DannyS
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A - A clean dark amber color with a decent head. Par for the course.

S - Fairly straightforward; a spicy, hoppy aroma. It's your everyday pale ale with some orange peel and herbaceous spices.

T - Very bready, good amount of hops for the style, blending well with the aforementioned spice. Nothing to write home about, but still very enjoyable

M - Feels fizzier than most pale ales, and tends to foam up as I'm swallowing it. I thought this would be a bad thing, but I'm rather enjoying the unusual feel.

D - It's pale ale. Not a chugging beer, but easily drinkable.

Blue Moon in general is definitely a great gateway into craft beer for those raised on the American macrobrew, and this offering is no different.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/amber-brown color. It has no head to speak of and looks very stagnant with no visible carbonation.

S: Its aroma mostly consists of semi-sweet toasted malts that are rather pleasant. These malts are accented by a mild hop profile and clove-like spices.

T: Unfortunately, the taste isn't as complex as the aroma. The taste is dominated by mellow sweet malts and some Belgian yeast. Not much else going on here.

M: It is light bodied and on the watery side. It is drinkable, but could've had more carbonation.

O: I wasn't a big fan of this one. It didn't seem like this was a good example for the style, nor a good beer overall. I'd pass on this in the future.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, auburn hue with a moderate head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace. I'm somewhat confused; it doesn't look like a pale ale to me. Looks more like an IPA.

S: Hints of honey, sugar and hops. The hops dominate, surprisingly.

T: Somewhat sweet maltiness with some floral and tea-like qualities. Decent, and better than I expected based on the appearance and aroma.

M: Virtually non-existent mouthfeel. Quite watered down. At least the carbonation is right where it should be.

D: Not terrible, though not a suggested introduction as to how great the best Belgian pale ales really are. Even some above average ones are way better than this one. Decent drinkability; not offensive, but nothing spectacular. At least it isn't nowhere near as bad as Honey Moon.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
December 7, 2008

Pours copper brown very little head dissipates right away Smells overly malty no real hop aroma Taste is overly carbonated lots of malt some grain Not very yeasty Drinkable yet too carbonated Fair effort but Id rather have a different brand Belgian if I had the choice

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Photo of Jparker37
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Copper in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a medium sized off-white head which recedes to a small cap.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet orange peel. Citrus hops come across with some lemon qualities. Hint of some juicy fruit esters.

T - Toasty malt holds a strong base. Hops come in mild with earth tones. The bitterness is very smooth. Finishes a little sloppy with some malt sweetness. The earthy hop flavor lasts for a short while in the aftertaste.

M - Has a bit of sweetness for any style of pale ale, medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation.

O - Smell was hiding a little bit in this brew. Flavor seemed to be a little syrupy at times, too sweet, but the hops were pleasant. Way to low of carbonation.

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Photo of rodney45
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A:Dark cherry wood, crowned by a sea foam colored head that laces the glass.

S: Slightly adjunct smelling, but the hop aroma fights its way through.

T: Average tasting belgian ale. Starts off with a solid kick of wheat and citrus, but leveled out with a subdued charred malt feel that adds balance, but subtracts depth.

M: Easy drinking, not heavy or over carbonated.

O: A mid range ale, made by one of the big giants Coors... but i wont knock it without giving a fair shot, and it impressed me a little bit. This is an example of consumerism affecting the market and big corporations trying to buy into the small craft brew scene.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops influence in the aroma. There is some sweetness and herb aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A mix of hops and herb flavors, that make for an interesting Pale Ale. The hops flavor is not dominant. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Pale Ale, but I prefer others over this.

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Photo of Dodt
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

been a good while sine i had anything from the blue moon side of the people at coors.
poured from the bottle into a tulip glass .
appearance amber in color with a head that disappears quickly.
smell not to much of any discerning odor.
not a bad beer but not my cup o tea.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Medium amber in color and rich white head. There's a LOT of carbonation.

S - Biscuity amber malts with a light amount of orange and lemon peel in the back.

T - Smooth, little carbonation bite on it. Toasty malts and a fruit zest throughout the drink. Finishes relatively dry, maybe a little from the hops.

M - Lighter side of moderate mouthfeel.

D - Drinks nicely-very sessionable, it's thinner for a pale ale, but it's nice. I'm not sure how it's a Belgian pale in style though...

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Photo of syrupjoe
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with off white head.

Nose is malty with caramel and honey notes. Nothing distinctly Belgian or pale ale-ish.

Taste is sweet and syrupy. Caramel roasted grains and a slight acidity as well, hints of rotten/brown apples. Don't taste any Belgian yeast and barely any aromatic hop presence. Bittering hops quite pronounced.

Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied.

I don't know why they call it a Belgian Pale Ale. Tolerable, but not special in any way. Won't seek out ever.

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Photo of aranheaney
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stones Nonic pint glass

A-clear honey suckle orange, almost no head with little or no lace

S-Some malt, not much else

T-as I told my sister-in-law, it has almost no taste. There's really nothing here

M-fair, nothing of note either way

O-Really nothing here to remember, what else should one expect from BMC?

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Photo of godlessape
3.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brassy tea color with a one inch creamy tan head that dissipates down to a respectable skim.
The nose picks up a subtle caramel malt with some floral notes. Nothing overpowering.
What I taste here is a mellow biscuity flavor and an equally mellow fruitiness. Not much in the hop department unfortunately.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with the alcohol running to the back of the throat.
Overall, this is not a bad beer at all--and I am no fan of the Coors company. As long as the price is right--and it was with this--It won't be my last one.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Typical golden pale ale color. Nice head with decent retention, not much lacing though.

S - Malty smell, but good hops smell as well.

T - Nice taste, not as much hops as I would have expected from the smell, and could have used more hops flavor to me, but still pretty good. A fairly sweet beer with a little hops to balance it out.

M - Just average to me, nothing impressive here.

D - Pretty drinkable beer.

Pretty good beer, might buy this one again for something a little different sometime.

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Photo of Intrinsic
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ummm... I don't think so. Unfortunately I didn't drink this before Coors got their hands on it so I'm not sure, but it's complete garbage if we're going to characterize this as a Belgian Pale Ale. Zero head, not much carbonation, clear rust in colour. Lacking in any real depth. Smells like honey and malt, but I don't detect any yeast - a hallmark of the Belgian. Quite malty and sweet in taste, but not well-balanced. Nice dry finish. Never buying this again.

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Photo of frankiepop
2.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not so pale first of all, and it has a rather robust sweety like flavor for a pale ale. Ok so it's probably not really a pale ale even in the Belgian scheme of things, but this is a drinkable not so bad brew. Reminds me the saison thing. Works in a pinch.

Goes well with Anne Murray music "and when you touch me I just fall in loooove agaaain"

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a see-through copper with a nice fluffy white head that disappears fairly quickly.
S: malts and bread dough
T: touch of caramel sweetness to start, followed by some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Malts make up the majority, with some faint graininess going on. Nice hoppy finish that rounds off the beer well.
M: Moderate body and average carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Pretty good beer overall. No complaints here.

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Photo of tbern007
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with small head, little lace. Some haziness to it.
S - yeasty, mild hops, mild grain.
T - yeast, grain, mild malt, like a wheat, pale ale, yeast mixture.
M & D - not that fanastic. Mild and bland in general. Drinkable on a hot day but of all the brews out there, this isn't anywhere near a must have for anyone.

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Photo of Jerone
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a good cream colored head that stays around, good lacing too.

Not a real strong smell, but smells of wheat malt and maybe a tiny bit of hops.

The taste is pretty good but doesn't seem to fit in the style. Toasted wheat and malt with a crisp clean finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation.

Maybe the best of the Blue Moon series, very enjoyable, but still not as good as a craft beer.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after seeing this on the shelf for a while decided to give it a shot

12 oz bottle poured cold into a sam adams boston lager glass

pours a tea color with little head

smells like an i.p.a you can definitely smell the sweet hops and wheat

as Larry David would say, "Pretttyyy prettty good". perfect amount of hops paired with the sweet flavor of this hibiscus make this one helluva pale ale

i work at a grocery store that stocks this and am pretty sure we sell a 6 pack per week. shame, it deserves better than that

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Photo of 2xHops
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper hue to the appearance, and there was a respectable amount of head.

On the label it said the beer is made in belgian-style pale ale. Okay, but I found the beer to be a bit weak in the flavor for something that is supposed to be a pale ale.

Mouthfeel's just right. It doesn't feel too thin or too thick, and it's just what I expected out of a typical beer of this style, especially coming from Coors. I usually liked my pale ale a bit more long on the finish.

Overall, I definitely preferred this beer over Blue Moon's Honey Wheat beer. This one aligns itself more closely to the pale ale style than Honey Wheat ever will to its respective style.

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Photo of Savan
3.72/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NOT a fan of blue moons biers .... HOWEVER i love Belgian IPAs (of which New Holland's "white hatter" is the best i have tried as of yet. I find they are a much better alt. to the recent popularity of "session ipa" which to me tastes like some DICK pissed in a perfectly good IPA to water it down... hey just my opinion. ANYWHO... not the best I've had but a big E for effort on this on. If your are looking for a CHEAP but tasty brew to enjoy on a Hot summer day this one hits the spot.

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Photo of atomicbeer
2.47/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with almost ruby red cast, moderate bubbles rising, and a dense ecru cap. Aroma is first a light dose of citrusy, herbal, green hops and then toasted hawaiian bread and some extra candy sugar sweetness. Mostly lightly toasted malt in the taste, a bit woody and flat, just a bit of herbal/grassy hops, and just a bit of metallic twang. Mouth is a bit thin but fairly juicy initially then drying. Not really alot going on here - pale ale? not really; Belgian? don't taste anything Belgian; more of a generic amber ale.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color. crystal clear. poor head retention. low carbonation.

smell is mild malty and sweetness.

taste is a good variety of malts. a little hop bitterness without any real flavor, and a crisp finish.

a light thin beer with a crisp finish. i suppose it could be called 'refreshing.'

a good beer. not very complicated, but its nice to see coors trying to make an ale and not look like fools doing it.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.21 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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